ASTYM Can Help You Find the Relief You’ve Been Looking For
Have You Heard of IASTM?
If you haven’t heard of ASTYM, you should consider it. If you have been living with a painful and/or limiting condition, ASTYM will likely benefit you.
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (ASTYM) is a manual physical therapy technique performed at Idaho Spine and Sports Physical Therapy.
Our Boise & Meridian, ID physical therapists use special plastic or metal tools to gently move and scrape against the skin to relieve pain, decrease inflammation, and promote the healing process.
Contact Idaho Spine and Sports Physical Therapy today to request an appointment with one of our licensed Boise & Meridian, ID physical therapists and learn more about what you can gain from this technique!
What will an ASTYM treatment session look like for me?
You may be wondering, “why is it necessary to use instruments in physical therapy?” Most manual physical therapy treatments are done with the hands, but there are many benefits that instruments can bring.
For example, these special instruments can effectively break down fascial (connective tissue) restrictions and scar tissue across the body. These instruments are also designed to act as an aid for physical therapists, so they can find and treat affected areas with more accuracy.
There are a number of different speeds and pressures that an ASTYM-trained physical therapist may use while conducting this specific technique, and it will be based on the nature of your condition and your specific needs.
These different speeds and pressures work to facilitate a contraction (also known as turning a muscle on) or inhibit a muscle (also known as turning a muscle off).
This also helps break down adhesions or scars that may have occurred, due to a surgical operation, repetitive use injury, or immobilization. By breaking these down, ASTYM allows functional restoration to occur.
ASTYM has been proven to help with:
- Muscle recruitment issues
- Pain with movement
- Motor control issues
- Limited motion
When using certain levels of pressure through IASM on the affected muscles, tendons, or ligaments, a mild inflammatory response is initiated.
While this may seem counterintuitive, inflammation helps promote the body’s natural healing process, so you can recover and get back to your life faster.
So, how do I know if ASTYM will treat my condition?
You may be wondering if ASTYM is right for you.
There are a vast number of conditions that ASTYM can treat, including, but not limited to:
- IT band syndrome
- Trigger finger
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-surgical and traumatic scars
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic joint swelling associated with sprains/strains
- Shin splints
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Patellar tendonitis
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Muscle imbalances
- Myofascial pain and restrictions
- Heel pain/Achilles tendonitis
- Hip pain
- Neck pain
- Back pain
Ready to get started?
Contact our Boise & Meridian, ID physical therapy office today to request your appointment and meet with one of our dedicated physical therapists who will determine the best course of treatment for you.
Do you have one of the symptoms listed above? Are you suffering from pain? Are you not able to breeze through your daily tasks anymore?
If so, discover the benefits of ASTYM today!
Don’t suffer through life any longer – take a stand with physical therapy!